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Chris Handman's practice focuses principally on appellate and Supreme Court litigation. It is a truly national practice; he has argued in more than half of all the federal circuit courts of appeals and in a sizeable number of state Supreme Court and intermediate appellate courts as well. Chris has also briefed many matters before the U.S. Supreme Court at both the petition and merits stages. Throughout these appeals, Chris has represented a wide variety of clients in a number of diverse industries. And the issues he has addressed have been just as wide ranging, including major questions involving the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, the First Amendment, the Commerce Clause, federal preemption, due process, separation of powers, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. He has also litigated a substantial number of appeals involving patent law, administrative process and procedure, and insurance-coverage questions.
In adding the firm to its 2010 edition of the Appellate Hot List, the National Law Journal highlighted Chris as the lead lawyer who briefed and argued a significant Federal Circuit appeal, which resulted in a substantial multi-million-dollar judgment against the United States government.
Before joining Hogan & Hartson, Chris served as a law clerk to The Honorable Patricia M. Wald of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and before that, as a law clerk to The Honorable Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
- Successfully briefed and argued an appeal in the Tenth Circuit on behalf of two foreign governments claiming immunity under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA). In a precedent-setting decision, the Court found that a dispute arising out of a joint-venture agreement in China did not satisfy the commercial-activity exception to the FSIA and that therefore the foreign governments retained their immunity from suit.
- Argued and won an appeal in the D.C. Circuit on behalf of a major energy company seeking regulatory approval for a multi-billion-dollar liquefied natural gas project.
- Briefed, argued, and won a significant appeal in the Federal Circuit arising from one of the last remaining Winstar cases. The court upheld a substantial multi-million-dollar judgment obtained on summary judgment.
- Successfully briefed and argued a major appeal in the Tenth Circuit on behalf of a prominent federally chartered corporation regarding important questions under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act.
- Successfully briefed and argued a significant transportation case on behalf of a national railroad in the D.C. Circuit.
- Briefed and argued a complex First Amendment challenge in the D.C. Circuit involving a multimillion-page administrative record.
- Successfully briefed and argued in the Ninth Circuit a question of insurance coverage under California law.
- Briefed, argued, and won a significant appeal in the New Jersey Supreme Court regarding the correct interpretation of a frequently litigated insurance clause.
- On behalf of a major national university, briefed and argued a question of statutory construction under federal law in the D.C. Court of Appeals (decision pending).
- Successfully briefed and argued an appeal in the New Jersey Court of Appeals that relieved the client of a $25 million liability.
- On behalf of a national trade association, successfully briefed and argued an appeal involving a substantial award of attorneys’ fees in the D.C. Court of Appeals.
- Successfully petitioned for certiorari and drafted the merits briefs in a major Supreme Court case involving the Americans with Disabilities Act, winning 9-0.
- Represented a foreign government in the Supreme Court in a case involving important constitutional and statutory questions regarding the applicability of U.S. law to foreign-flagged cruise ships.
- On behalf of a foreign government, filed an amicus brief in support of a major cruise line in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Based on that amicus brief, the plaintiffs expressly abandoned claims addressed in the amicus brief.
Hogan Lovells Publications
18 April 2013
"Supreme Court significantly limits reach of Alien Tort Statute." U.S. Supreme Court and Appellate Alert, Hogan Lovells
29 January 2013
"Hogan Lovells secures important victory for Maryland resident taxpayers with out-of-state income from pass-through entities." U.S. Supreme Court and Appellate Alert, Hogan Lovells
"Class Actions Bulletin – October 2011." Class Actions Bulletin, Hogan Lovells
22 June 2011
"Supreme Court Decision in Wal-Mart Stores v. Dukes." Class Actions Alert, Hogan Lovells
29 April 2011
"Supreme Court rules that arbitration agreements can foreclose classwide arbitration procedures." Class Action Alert, Hogan Lovells
22 September 2010
"Hogan Lovells Litigation Alert: The Second Circuit rejects corporate liability under the Alien Tort Statute." Litigation Alert, Hogan Lovells